Peace and Disarmament

Back to listOct 2, 2008

SGI-Canada Supports Gandhi Foundation Anniversary

081002canada_nanda.jpg From left: Dr. Knight; Prem Kalia, chair of the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace; and Dr. Nanda

On October 2, 2008, Dr. Ved P. Nanda, director of the International Legal Studies Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, was the keynote speaker at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace in Edmonton, Canada. For a number of years SGI-Canada Edmonton has participated in this annual event held on Gandhi’s birthday.

Some 20 SGI-Canada members attended the occasion at the organizer's request, to introduce the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. Additionally, several panels from the Gandhi, King, Ikeda exhibition were on display, showing the contributions Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda have made as peacebuilders.

In his speech, Dr. Nanda remarked that over the years he has met many first-rate people and what has always impressed him is the examples they set as human beings. He voiced his respect for the SGI and Mr. Ikeda's efforts to create lasting peace. Dr. Nanda's serialized dialogue with Mr. Ikeda has been published in Japanese by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Nanda lectured to a political science class at the University of Alberta at the invitation of faculty member Dr. W. Andy Knight.

[Adapted from Issue 38 of SGI Canada News dated November 2008, SGI-Canada; photo courtesy of SGI-Canada]